Nikka Coffey Grain vs Nikka Coffey Malt

I’m having a sort of love/hate relationship with the Japanese whiskies lately. Some of it may be coloured by the fact that many distilleries hid the source of their ingredients and, prior to the most recently announced regulation, have even repackaged Scotch whisky under the Japanese label. This shouldn’t stop me from enjoying the dram, […]

Blind Tasting #1

Today, or rather over the course of a couple of days, I set upon a blind tasting of six drams, courtesy of The Spirits Embassy. Given that each sample is indeed only about 30ml, I do not intend to consume all of this alcohol in one sitting. I mean, of course, I can, but I […]

Penderyn Madeira Finish vs Penderyn Rich Oak

I have referred a couple of times to a few online tastings that I have participated in. The one in this instance is courtesy of The Spirits Embassy, who launched their 3-month subscription in January. Essentially, you receive small samples of whisky in the mail and, on a specific date, meet via Zoom for a […]

Ardbeg Uigeadail vs Ardbeg Ardcore Committee Release

Earlier this week, I published a write-up comparing Ardbeg Uigeadail versus Laphroaig Lore. Unfortunately, even as I was completing the words for the article, my suspicion of having tasted the Ardbeg continued to grow [this was in a restaurant, and I was extremely wary of them serving me the wrong scotch], only to be confirmed […]

Ardbeg Uigeadail vs Laphroaig Lore [FAIL!]

This particular pairing was one of those rare occasions when I set out to compare some single malts before a meal [and a little during] in a restaurant, limited by the available options. This is not a simple task, may I add, as many establishments offer a pretty limited selection of scotch, and I usually […]

Douglas Laing Rock Island vs Ledaig 10-year-old

I am desperately trying to get to some sense of normalcy. Even if it’s a routine that is outside the normalcy as I’ve known it up till now. And this pattern, which I established and enjoyed at the end of last year [2021], had me pairing whisky side by side. This was before the almost […]

Cù Bòcan Creation #3 vs Cù Bòcan Creation #4

It’s time for a detour and self-reflection. After all, these words are as much about the author as they are about the drink. The two bring something to the table, and in the process blend reality into these words. So, I’ve noticed, that not only have I not written in the last two weeks but […]

Cù Bòcan Signature vs Cù Bòcan Creation #2

This evening’s tasting is courtesy of The Whisky Wire and their exciting #TweetTastings (which you may join as well), connecting me with some interesting and unique drams which I wouldn’t have otherwise picked out on my own. And today, I’m sipping on a few samples from Cù Bòcan. I was initially going to cover this […]

Douglas Laing Big Peat vs Bunnahabhain Toiteach A Dhà

Writing about whisky during the ongoing insanity of current events is no different than writing about music. In the process, with these words, these sounds, and the warming feeling at the centre of my body, I seek refuge from the unnecessary clash. It’s still a little difficult to truly ‘enjoy’ either one of these activities, […]